GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � The 65th Independence Day was celebrated throughout the State with the usual fanfare. Our correspondents report:
Sualkuchi: Independence Day was celebrated at Sualkuchi area where Udayditya Gogoi, BDO, Sualkuchi unfurled the Tricolour at his office premises. Manju Kalita, district member of 13 Sualkuchi Jila Parishad was present in the flag hoisting ceremony. All the presidents of three gaon panchayats hoisted the National Flags in their offices. All the heads of the educational institutions unfurled the Tricolour to mark the occasion. Madhya Sualkuchi Mandol Congress Committee celebrated the Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag at Gandhi Maidan where the Father of the Nation had come in 1946.
KALAIGAON: The 65th I-Day was celebrated at various places in Bhergaon subdivision with gaiety. At subdivision HQ Bhergaon, Pranjal Das, SDO, Civil, Bhergaon accompanied by TR Pegu, SDPO, Bhergaon hoisted the Tricolour in presence of nearly 10,000 people, which is a record so far. Both of them inspected a guard of honour before hoisting the National Flag. 18 contingents of student, police, NCC, ABSU etc took part in the march past. Awards were given to a few people for their outstanding performance in various fields. Spectacular cultural and sports events were also arranged.
Dina Moni Das, Circle Officer, Kalaigaon, Revenue Circle hoisted the National Flag at Gandhi Bakori Field, Kalaigaon in presence of thousands of people. He also felicitated a few people for their distinguished service to society. Sports and cultural events were also arranged on the occasion for boys and girls. A friendly volley ball match was played in the afternoon. At the JNV Kalaigaon campus, principal Madhab Sarma, hoisted the Tricolour.
At Tangla, DN Hazarika, Circle Officer, Hansinga Revenue Circle hoisted the National Flag at Tangla HS School play ground. A record number of 900 students from various schools of Tangla also took part. Awards were given to successful farmers, sportsmen and social workers in recognition to their service to society. The family members of freedom fighters were also honoured on the occasion. The Circle Officer specially mentioned the contribution of great freedom fighter of the district late Pani Ram Das. Cultural and sports events were also arranged during the day.
BAIHATA CHARIALI: Independence Day was also celebrated at Baihata Chariali. At Baihata Chariali Police station, the National Tricolour was hoisted by B Islam, OC of the police station before a huge gathering. Islam called upon the people to follow Mahatma Gandhi�s ideals to make the country violence-free. He also urged the people to extend their cooperation to the police administration to make the area peaceful. In the programme, members of VDP and other social workers were also present.
KALIABOR: The 65th Independence Day was celebrated here at Gandhi Maidan, Kuwaritol centrally under the auspices of the Kaliabor Civil subdivisional administration amid tight security.
SR Bardhan, SDO (C), Kaliabor unfurled the Tricolour ceremonially and also inspected a guard of honour besides taking the salute of the march past by police, NCC, Scouts & Guides etc. Earlier, floral tributes were paid to the martyrs of the freedom struggle of the nation at the statute of Mahatma Gandhi and others in the SDO (C) premises. A few freedom fighters, social workers and meritorius students were felicitated publicly. Colourful cultural programmes were also held.
Badarpur: The 65th Independence Day was celebrated in different parts of Barak Valley Rly HQ town Badarpur, with gaiety and enthusiasm despite torrential rain. National Flag hoisting and several functions were held here by different clubs and organisations, schools and colleges, different departmental offices of the Railways, Rly HS School, railway unions, various government and non-government offices, and the newspaper office, Sachetan Karyalaya etc.
The main function of the town was held at Badarpur Nabin Chandra College playground, where in presence of distinguished citizens, intellectuals, officials, students and teachers and all sections of people, the National Tricolour was hoisted by the circle officer of Badarpur, Nirmal Kumar Debnath, who also paid tributes to martyrs of the freedom struggle. The day was also observed at Badarpur newspaper office �Sachetan Karyalaya�� where the Tricolur was hoisted by the executive editor of Sachetan Ivy Banik. At the BJP office, the National Flag was hoisted by the Badarpur Lions Club president Mukesh Agarwal.
Karimganj: Unfurling the Tricolour here at the Govt HS School playground, Sports and Excise Minister Ajit Singh paid homage to the fredom fighters and called upon the youths to fight against all evil forces who are trying to create terror in disturbing our integration, harmony and peace. Underlining the government, priorities, he said, equal stress is being laid today on rural development, improvement of surface communication, supply of drinking water and education besides bridging the gap that had existed so far by taking the administration to the peoples doorsteps. The Minister received a guard of honour from Police, CRPF, BSF, NCC, cadets and school and college students. Earlier, the minister accompanied by the DC and SP laid floral wreaths on the �Swahid bedi� at Dak bunglow premises. He also distributed aids among the beneficiaries under Assam Vikash Yojana.
Doomdooma: The 65th Independence Day was also observed at Doomdooma. In the morning, the day�s programme began with the garlanding of the statue of Gandhiji situated at the heart of the town. Later, in the main function held at Doomdooma Town Field, the chairperson of Doomdooma Town Committee, Trishna Das Chetia offered floral tribute to the martyrs of the freedom struggle. The Circle officer of Doomdooma, Bipul Kr Das hoisted the Tricolour and addressed the gathering. International swimmer James Maran, international karate player Debashish Saikia and social worker Pradeep Gogoi (posthumously) were felicitated on the occasion. Abhijit Ghosh and Archita Agarwal were awarded the Ajit Kr Baruah Memorial Award for securing the highest marks in the HSLC examination -2011 in Doomdooma centre. Rotary Chief of Doomdooma awarded seven employees of different government offices of Doomdooma circle for their services. The prizes of the drawing competition held on the occasion were also distributed in the function.
The Independence Day was also observed at Doomdooma Press Club (DPC) where DPC president Arjun Baruah hoisted the Tricolour.
Lumding: Lumding celebrated the 65th Independence Day in a befitting manner. The central flag was hoisted at the Swahid Field, Lumding by N Bay, BDO, Udali. The flag at Swahid Bedi was hoisted by KB Nepali, renowned litterateur.
The National Flag was also hoisted in the private houses, government and non-government offices, educational institutions, business organisations, shops, trade union offices, offices of the political parties, club, municipal boards etc.
Morigaon: The 65th Independence Day was observed here at Morigaon with enthusiasm despite a boycott call by terrorists. Amid a huge gathering, the National Flag was hoisted by Dr Nazrul Islam, Food and Civil Supples Minister at the Tarun Ram Phukan playground. Dr Islam dwelt at length on the various welfare scemes implemented by the Assam Government. In the function three freedom fighters were felicitated. Cultural programmes performed by various ethnic groups attracted the people.
HOWRAGHAT: The people of Karbi Anglong also celebrated the 65th Independence Day defying the threat of local Karbi militant organisations. The Tricolour was unfurled by the State HAD Minister, Kharsing Engti at the Diphu Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) stadium. In his speech, Engti higlighted on the progress achieved by the State Government.
The National Tricolour was unfurled at the Howraghat Development Block office premises by Premala Beypi, local MAC and EM, KAAC in support of the BDO, Howraghat Development Block.
DERGAON: The 65th Independence Day was also observed at Dergaon with great enthusiasm. The programme began with swahid tarpan initiated by noted social worker octogenerian Nagen Mahanta. After that the Tricolour was unfurled by Dhiraj Das, the Circle Officer, Dergaon. In the programme, the rank holders of HSLC examination Ashoy Agarwalla and Deepankajyoti Bora were felicitated. This was followed by quiz, art and musical chair competition.
NAGAON: Independence Day was observed in Nagaon also. The National Tricolour was formally unfurled by minister Rockybul Hussain at the Nurul Aamin stadium.
In his address, the minister paid tributes to the freedom fighters He also highlighted the achievements of the present State Government. Earlier, floral tributes were paid at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Gopinath Bardoloi , Netaji Subhas Ch Basu , Matiram Bora and others.
Fruits were distributed among the patients of BP Civil Hospital, Kamala Nehru TB Hospital, inmates of Sankar Mission, State Home, Barhampur Blind schools and prisoners of Nagaon central and special Jails.
North Lakhimpur: The 65th Independence Day was celebrated with traditional pomp and ceremony in North Lakhimpur and other parts of Lakhimpur district. The official ceremony began with the hoisting of the Tricolour by Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner, Dr Anwaruddin Chawdhury at the playground of North Lakhimpur Govt HS School. The flag hoisting ceremony was also attended by the Lakhimpur SP David Nythong. Dr Chawdhury took the salute of the parade led by Jayanta Kumar Nath, DSP, 13th APBN and the march past participated by Assam Police, 13th Assam Police Battalion, District Home Guards, NCCs from various colleges and schools and Scouts and Guides. Dr Chawdhury spoke about the significance of the day and paid homage to martyrs. He also spoke about various governmental schemes for developmental works initiated by the State Government. Students of various academic institutes of Lakhimpur who achieved outstanding results in this year�s HSLC and HS Examinations were felicitated by the district administration. Freedom fighters, senior citizens, sports persons were also felicitated by the district administration. The National Flag was also hoisted in various mosques across North Lakhimpur on the occasion of Independence Day. In Dhakuwakhona subdivision, the Independence Day celebrations began with the hoisting of the National Flag by its Civil SDO, Bubul Lekharu.
The Lions Club of Lakhimpur Prerona celebrated the Independence Day with a massive tree plantation drive in North Lakhimpur. The members of the club planted trees on the campus of a women rights organisation in its adopted village in North Lakhimpur on August 15.
Tezpur: The 65th Independence Day was celebrated at various places including schools, colleges, and government offices alongwith Tezpur district headquarter.
In Tezpur, the Day was centrally celebrated here at the historic Church Field with much fanfare with the participation of large number of people from various walks of the life. The Tricolour was unfurled by the State�s Planning, Welfare and Pension Minister Tanka Bahadur Rai.
Tanka Bahadur Rai said that it is a glorious day for every Indians that was achieved after the supreme sacrifice of many people of the nation. Referring to the State�s development, the Cabinet Minister stated that during the Congress regime, the district has achieved a milestone of tremendous development in every field. In the programme, local MLA Rajen Borthakur, DC, Sonitpur Tapan Chandra Sharma, SP Sonitpur, AP Tewari among others were present. Various cultural programmes were also presented and many distinguished guests including best farmers, sports persons, prominent social workers, artistes and litt�rateurs were felicitated in the programme. Earlier, the minister received the guard of honour presented by the students of various schools, SSB, Home Guards, Assam Police etc.
Namrup: Independence Day was celebrated in and around Namrup with grandeur and enthusiasm.
At the industries of Namrup including APL, BVFCL & NTPS along with the other educational institutions, the day was observed with splendor. At APL, the National Tricolour was hoisted by Ratul Bordoloi, Managing Director in front of the administrative building.
Digboi: Independence Day was celebrated with an elaborate programme in the Central Field at Margherita under the auspices of Margherita Sub-Divisional (Civil) administration. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp and paying of floral tributes in memory of the martyrs of the freedom struggle by Bhaskar Phukan, SDO (Civil) of the subdivision and chief guest of the occasion. He then inspected the guard of honour presented by the teams of Assam Police, 2nd Battalion of Gorkha Regiment and the NCC wings of the various educational institutions.
Phukan hoisted the Tricolour in presence of a large gathering consisting of all age groups including school children. In his speech, he highlighted all the major achievements of Tarun Gogoi ministry during the recent years.
On the occasion, several personalities of the subdivision were felicitated for their outstanding contributions to public life in their respective fields. They included Nanak Baruah in the field of social work, HN Sarma in the field of education, Barun Borah in the field of music, Bikul Borthakur in public service and Anand Goel in industrial production.